Summer Study 2019

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  • Theatre of Epidaurus

  • In Nafplio

  • In Nafplio

Summer Study 2019 (June 24 to July 26, 2019)

Each student will take two courses offered at the beautiful campus of DEREE—The American College of Greece, situated in the Agia Paraskevi suburb of Athens. Students will take one course in the Greek language or Greek history as well as one course in ancient Greek art history. The courses in beginning Modern Greek and Greek history will be taught by Boston University faculty members (Kelly Polychroniou and L. J. Samons) and the other course (Arts of Athens) will be taught by a faculty member of the American College of Greece. The courses taken will be approved for transfer to Boston University or the student’s home institution.

Students will live in the modern residence complex of DEREE. DEREE’s apartment-style residences—with full-time residence advisors— feature fully equipped kitchens, marble bathrooms and floors, furnished outdoor balconies, complimentary on-site laundry facilities, complimentary fitness center in the main building, a quiet study area, an outdoor area in the back for relaxing, and a large lobby with TV, DVDs and games for casual group gatherings. The study abroad special program fee includes a double bedroom within a shared apartment or private studio apartment for an additional fee.

In addition to study in Athens, students will make excursions to other cultural or historical sites in Greece including locations like Delphi, Corinth, Mycenae, and Nauplion.


Students should plan to arrive in Athens on June 24 and the departure date is July 26, 2019.  Orientation at the American College of Greece occurs on June 25. Final exams are given on July 25.

Costs and Scholarships

The cost for the academic program and accommodations will be approximately $3,000 (not including excursion fees and airfare. We estimate the complete cost of the program (including travel to Greece, excursions, etc.) to be in the neighborhood of $6,000 (excluding food). However, the Boston University Philhellenes organization, the Department of Classical Studies, the Hellenic Studies Fund, and the NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorship are raising funds for scholarships (of at least $1,000 per scholarship winner) to help defray the costs of this program. Scholarship recipients are asked to take one course in Greek language upon their return to Boston University.

Application Process

Interested students should submit the following materials to the Department of Classical Studies (STH 414) or to the Core Curriculum Office (CAS 119) or directly to Professor Samons ( beginning December 1, 2018. Early applications will receive priority. Applications are due March 15, 2019 at the latest and should include:

  1. An unofficial transcript (you can print one from the Student Link)
  2. A brief statement (1-2 pages) explaining why you would like to study in Greece
  3. A writing sample (a paper submitted for one of your classes)

Scholarship applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and students will be notified by April 15 if their application has been successful. Students will apply directly for admission to the American College of Greece and will work with the BU Program Manager for External Programs to ensure that paperwork needed for transfer of credits is on file at BU Study Abroad by the May 1, 2018 deadline for summer study. A checklist for Boston University applicants to external programs is posted at

Courses and Activities

Students will take two courses:  one course in either beginning Modern Greek language or Greek history and one course in Greek art history. Students may, if their schedule permits, substitute another course from the ACG course offerings for the course in Greek art history. Students will visit historical sites in and around Athens and make excursions to other historical and cultural sites in Greece, including such locations as Delphi, Epidauros, Mycenae, Corinth, and Nauplion, as well as islands like Aegina, Poros, and Ydra. For more information about The American College of Greece, visit

Summer Study Donors

The Boston University Department of Classical Studies and the Boston University Philhellenes gratefully recognize the support of the following generous donors who have made scholarships possible for our students:
The John and Sonia Lingos Family Foundation
The VII Capital Group
The Alpha Omega Council of Boston
Ms. Joyce Deliyiannis (HELPIS)
Mr. George Danis
Kleanthi Mavrogiannaki (Greek 4 Kids)
Efstathsios Mallakis (Desfina Restaurant)
Brothers Kouzina
Stellios Deliyiannis (Weston Road Cafe)
The Boston University Hellenic Studies Fund
The NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorship

Contact Information

Questions about the program can be addressed to: Prof. L. J. Samons (Dept. of Classical Studies/Core): or the Department of Classical Studies: 617-353-2427,

For information about The American College of Greece, visit

Support BUPh

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Boston University Philhellenes (BUPh) Project in order to support the summer program in Greece for our students, please make your check out to “Boston University” and write “BU Philhellenes” in the memo line. Send the check to BUPh, Department of Classical Studies, Boston University, 745 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA, 02215. All donations will be gratefully acknowledged.